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Invitation to UCLA CNSI Entrepreneurship Forum with Kite Pharma

CNSI Entrepreneurship Forum

Presented by UCLA Business of Science Center

Tuesday May 26, 4PM @ CNSI Auditorium

Kite Pharma’s Journey from a UCLA Incubator to NASDAQ Listing

Hear about how UCLA faculty co-founders formed Kite Pharma and the factors that led to a successful IPO.


Arie Belldegrun MD, FACS – Chairman, President & CEO

Cynthia Butitta – COO & CFO

David Chang MD, PhD – EVP of R&D, CMO

Senior Management Team at Kite Pharma

Followed by Networking Reception

Speaker Bios can be found here


About Kite Pharma

Kite Pharma, founded in 2009, is a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of novel cancer immunotherapy products designed to harness the power of a patient’s own immune system to eradicate cancer cells. Kite Pharma’s goal is to be a leader in immunotherapy in multiple cancer indications. To achieve this, they are developing a pipeline of product candidates for the treatment of advanced solid and hematological malignancies using their therapeutic platform – engineered Autologous Cell Therapy (eACT™) – in which a patient’s own T cells, or white blood cells, are engineered to recognize and destroy their cancer.  

About UCLA Business of Science Center

The mission of the UCLA Business of Science Center is to prepare scientific, engineering, law, medical and business graduate students for careers in the private sector; to assist university faculty and clinicians in technology transfer; and to serve as a catalyst for increased industry support and involvement on campus. We believe this will foster a culture of innovation and will maximize the impact of UCLA research on society.

About CNSI Entrepreneurship Forum

CNSI’s Entrepreneurship Forum is designed to enable entrepreneurial UCLA faculty, staff and students to exchange ideas and build relationships across LA’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. The forum serves CNSI’s mission to facilitate commercialization by creating an environment where innovative ideas can be shared and cultivated into commercial opportunities. 

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